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. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sunday march 31. pope benedict will not take part in the conclave. usually a conclave happens after a pope dies. 1415 was the last time a pope quit in office. who is the next pope? he could come from developing areas of the world. it guarantees a lot of drama and a lot of black or white smoke coming from the roof is sistine chapel. march report concerns about the pope's health surfaced this past christmas eve. have it can watchers say he looked frail as he delivered the midnight mass. here he is riding in a motorized cart. the mass is moved up two hours to give the pope time to rest for the christmas day speech. he took the opportunity to urge peace in the middle east during the holidays and was looking rather frail at christmas before this big decision. dill * it was remarkable to watch him at the midnight mass the amount of help he needed to move anywhere inside of st. peter's. cart mall timothy dolan, the archbis
pope benedict v>> pope benedict xvi is expected to address an audience at the vatican. he will step down for every 28 due to health concerns. is spokesperson says that he's been living with a pacemaker and several months ago underwent surgery to have the battery replaced. will live in a monastery near the vatican when he steps down. >> if you are looking to book a flight anytime soon, you might want to be patient. the best days to book tickets may not be when you thought. >> with details on that and what wall street is watching today if we will check in with bloomberg headquarters in just a little while. >> it's 36 degrees. >> still to come, we're learning more about the shooting that killed two university of >> welcome back. 4:39. we want to check in with jacqui jeras. >> a little snow in the forecast? >> yes. a mix with rain and snow in d.c. but no accumulation will be expected here. a winter weather advisory has been issued for parts of west virginia and northern maryland. you can see mineral, hampshire and hardy counties all included for the potential of maybe 4 inches of snow.
as the college of cardinals prepares to pick a new pope the vatican is out with new information about a health scare for the guy who still has the job. >>> as rome prepares for the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope there are new details about pope benedict's day to day living when he retires at the end of the month. danielle nottingham brings us the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican revealed pope benedict's closest aide will remain his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the duel role for the monsignor is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly what he's going to do and it's going to be benedict who decides what does and doesn't do. even the pope's brother has suggested the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told the priest in rome thursday morning he'll be hidden from view after stepping down. the holy father says he'll live a life of prayer at a former monastery inside the vatican walls. even though pope benedict is expec
hour at the vatican. [ cheers ] >> the cardinals who gathered gave him a standing ovation when he met them as a group for the last time. at 8:00 this morning, pacific time, pope benedict xvi will get on a helicopter. he will fly to a retreat outside of rome. that's where he will officially resign later today. brian flow remembers joining us live at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco where a special mass will be held to thank benedict for his life of service. brian? >> reporter: hi, dave. yeah, a special mass indeed, good morning to you. several bay area catholics will be taking part in the thanksgiving masses this morning starting in about an hour here. we're live at st. mary's where one of the services will be held. it's unknown how many catholics will be attending. but the service is expected to give thanks to pope benedict's eight years as pope and pray for his help. the pope says he will offer unconditional reverence and obedience of his successor. cardinals are planning to meet next week to discuss a conclave to take place. there are many questions remaining on who the candida
will depart the vatican for the last time as pope. he will take off from the helipad just behind the st. peter's basilica there. and vatican television cameras will follow the journey, live, robin. >> what history you're witnessing, george. you're going to be there all morning long, live. >>> and here, with josh, sam, bianna in for lara. we have a full morning here in new york as well. we are going to bring you the latest encouraging headlines for your wallet. the dow surging near record highs. bianna's going to bring us that. >>> and how about this? the hairstylist at war over a fortune. the co-workers said they bought the ticket as a group. one of them claimed the whole prize for herself. and that would never happen here. >> mostly never. >> full morning ahead. >>> of course, let's go back, now, to george in rome. george? >> and it is just a glorious day here, robin. sunny, warm. almost spring-like. those cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informal discussions about who the next pope is going to be. and the pope gave them some direction today. they come fr
going on right now at the vatican that none of us have ever witnessed. a pope about to speak for the final time before he retires tomorrow. >> it really is remarkable to be watching this all morning. let's go live to christiane amanpour who is anchoring our special coverage live from rome. >> good morning. indeed it is unprecedented. these are unchartered waters. right now you're soon going to have pope benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is
to the pope's remax and the cat sicechism and the latest news from rome and the vatican. >> amy kellogg live for news have aed can city. thank you so much. >> we are going to bring in our own religious core upspo corres lauren green. he is 85 years old. served for it will be less than 8 years. first pope in 600 years to resign. not a lot of talk about what led to it? >> bottom line it is his health. catholic insiders who say if the pope could ever resign absolutely not. it's not possible. obviously that changed. now they are mulling over that decision and they are saying what happened is the best. right now they are dealing with knowing that the pope resigned knowing they will have another pope with him in a couple of weeks to start with the catholic calendar, the catholic church. these are the kinds of things they are dealing with right now. how will this effect the future of the church in the years to come as they are mulling over how it will effect the church the next yearsment>> all eyes are turning to the college of cardinal that is will be meet toggle elect a new pope. what is the time
the first pope in six centuries to resign. allen pizzey in vatican city with what happens now. mark phillips on who might be next. tensions are high after reported sightings of the most wanted man in california. bill whitaker reports on the dragnet. we now know what a massive tornado left behind in mississippi -- >> that is big! >> pelley: while in new england they're counting the losses from the record blizzard. and cliff romesha receives the medal of honor. he tells david martin how he earned the highest award for valor. >> reporter: the citation says there were 400 enemy soldiers. >> and we had 52 great americans. didn't seem fair to them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. when the news got out today, catholics all over the world were asking whether they had heard correctly. something that just doesn't happen just did: a pope resigned. pope benedict xvi, 85 years old and frail, told a meeting of cardinals today he no longer has the physical and mental strength to carry out his responsibilities. on february 28, he will be
the vatican as pope for the last time, a remarkable event that has not happened in some 600 years. long before cable. good morning, everybody we'll watch this together. i'm bill hemmer, welcome to "america's newsroom." lovely color. martha: lovely scene there in rome. it is incredible to watch. good morning, everybody. i'm martha. the pope is expected to depart the papal residence today. he will get on a helicopter. that will happen 11:00 our time. you will see it here on "america's newsroom". bill: the pontiff holding a final audience with the cardinals, the church leaders that will choose his successor from among their own ranks. his holiness sharing a brief, private moment with each one of the cardinals. he will stand behind their choice as he prays for them and the next pope in the coming days. >> translator: among you in the college of cardinals, there is the future pope to whom already today i promise my unconditional reference and obedience. for all this with love and gratefulness i'm pose on you my heartfelt apostolic blessing. bill: amy kellogg is live from the vatican. what can we re
for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican officials hope to elect a new pope in time for holy week at the end of march. pope benedict had big shoes to fill in 2005 when cardinals chose him to succeed john paul ii. one of his biggest tasks was responding to the priest sexual abuse scandal. >> indeed, i am deeply sorry. >> reporter: pope benedict issued an apology to victims and said the church made serious mistakes. today the pontiff called his choice reresign "a decision of great importance for the life of the church" and said he will dedicate the rest of his life to prayer. contend, to replace him include the archbishops of vienna and milan, cardinal timothy dolan of new york is a long shot. >> what happens next at the vatican? >> reporter: what happens next is that the vatican will announce a date for the conclave which is when the world's voting cardinals will come
to a 17th century palace. he will return to vatican city as pope emeritus, the first pope to retire in nearly 6 centuries. this historic event is drawing bay area catholics to church in the middle of the week. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran went to mass this morning at st. mary's in san francisco where she asked catholics about their hopes for the future. >> reporter: archbishop john quinn opened this morning's mass calling this a historic moment for catholics. >> resignation was an act of faith. >> reporter: it was a special day of mass to celebrate pope benedict on the final day of his pontificate. worshippers were thankful and no feelings of animosity. >> i had read some of his books and in those reflections he mentioned about the fact that, you know, possibly this might be his decision if god chose and wanted him to do that. he is a faithful pope and he listens carefully. >> i think he did the right thing. he is not feeling well. he is not strong enough so he thinks that nowadays, a new blood is needed so why not. >> reporter: catholics now e
'll have the story coming up. -- at the vatican. i'll have the story coming up. >>> we'll show you america's top dog at >>> they were the magnificent seven at the madison square garden last night. seven group winners competed for top honors at the annual westminster kennel club dog show. and for the first time this year, a reserve best in show winner was selected. we presume that's in case the champion is unable to fulfill its duties. and that runner-up spot went to the old english sheep dog. and then it was time for the big announcement. >> best in show winner for the 137th westminster kennel club dog show is the affenpinscher. [ cheers and applause ] >> little banana joe from the toy group took home the biggest prize. little banana joe has been living in the united states for competition, but now at the grand old age of 5 he's retiring and he's going to return to his owners who live in holland. isn't he cute? >>> well, snow could be heading our way. howard has the full details in just a moment. >> that's right. some areas are in a winter weather advisory. i'll let you know where that is.
, including pope benedict's stunning decision to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with inside details, at least as inside as you can get when covering the pope. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. i found a powerful new way to cut out arthritis pain. [ male announcer ] icy hot arthritis lotion. powerful encapsulated menthol gets icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. power past pain. >>> a lot's happened since the year 1415, but one thing has not, not once. in those 598 years, six centuries, 59 leaders of the roman catholic church have reigned and not one has resigned. since the year 1450, not one single pope has left the vatican without also leaving this world. that is until today. according to the "new york times," this morning at the vatican, speaking in latin to a small gathering of cardinals, pope benedict xvi simply said he's too old and frail to continue leading the church. the spokesman said the
later on today. >>> 5:11. we continue to follow breaking news from the vatican where the pope has announced he is stepping down. you can see many people at the vatican on the plaza gathering. also, digging out. the clean-up begins after a massive storm slams the east coast. >> and two men rescued after their car plunges down a cliff. what a witness said he saw before that car went over that cliff. coming up. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ male announcer ] listen to this symphony of flavor: crrkkhshziiiizzlllee. beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. the accident happened yesterday afternoo ilton >>> a corvette goes off a cliff in the east san jose foothills yesterday afternoon on the mount hamilto
. >>> the vatican says the pope is resigning on february 28. still no reason. >>gretchen: 4,000 cruise ship passengers stranded in the middle of the ocean after a fire breaks out aboard the boat killing the power. the cruise ship is in the gulf of mexico and running on a backup generator. carnival cruise line says the fire was put out right away and no one was hurt. a woman on board called her husband and told him what was going on. >> she was crying and said they had no power, they had no running water. they had no way to use the bathroom. >>gretchen: the ship will be towed to mexico. it is expected to arrive on wednesday. >>gretchen: a real-life tragedy for reality tv. a crash yesterday near los angeles. all three members aboard the aircraft were killed. the cause not known. >>> a storm generated in southern california after somebody said they spotted christopher dorner. -- a lowe's store was closed. the city announced a $1 million reward for information leading to dorner's capture. >> this is an act of domestic terrorism. this is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect th
at your abc2 timesaver traffic. megan and charlie, over to you. >>> breaking news from the vatican to pass along you to this morning. multiple sources are confirming pope benedict xvi has announced he is resigning from his post. this is going to happen on february 28. this has never happened in the 600 years of the papacy. >> the 85-year-old has announced he's stepping down the end of the month. he took over after the death of pope benedict xvi on april 19, 2005. in an address to the cardinals he said, quote, this is a decision of great importance for the life of the church. again he said understanding what was required as being pope was something he was physically unable to continue doing the first time in 600 years. >> you may remember the pope recently joined things like twitter. we do want to encourage you to follow us as we begin to follow this story because it's breaking news and again coming down this morning, a lot of you wondering why. he says it's because he's tired. he's 85 years old. we'll update the story and abc news will pick it up once we're off the air. just a reminder you
to focus on the successor. >> pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat and he will wave from the patio, close the door and, well, that is it, in his own words, remain hidden for life. we her the word shepherd described when we talked about what to look for and that is a personality trait. what about politics or position? how does that play into the position? >> the one aspect that a lot of the cardinals are looking at is someone who can be an administrator, the visions, intern division, could divide the clutch and the cardinals will look for someone better at dealing with vatican city and look whether to choose a pope from africa or south america where the church is growing or to choose a pope from america or in europe, and to try and get the faithful in the west to try and increase because the number of catholics in europe and the united states has been decreasing recently. >> thank you, nick. today, the farewell. you will want to stay with abc7 and abc news for continuing coverage of the goodbye to pope benedict and we will have a special report live from vat
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that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, because the question, is it the pope's physical health or mental health that pushed him into this position? we hav
benedict left the vatican today in an emotional ceremony witnessed by tens of thousands in romes and millions an the world. the resignation became effective minutes ago at 11:00 our time. right now, pope benedict xvi is resting in the new home, a live picture where you will see the guard, the swiss guards, are no longer standing guard. their job is to protect the head of the church. a few minutes ago, the guards actually closed the doors dramatically and left their post to head back to the vatican. nick is live in rome with the latest. >> pope benedict xvi has performed the final and most memorable act, historic resignation that could transform the catholic church. he ended it humbly. after eight years, a modest simple wave and it was over. (inaudible). >> from the summer retreat, pope benedict xvi closed the door and said good by to the closist advisors and a happy wave before boarding the helicopter and then a lap in the air around the vatican and a beautiful blue sky in rome. each step recorded live by dozens of cameras, which has never been seen before in the history of the c
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28, the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it, to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar award is now being offered for t
in washington. >> history is unfolding right now and the vatican city. pope benedict the sixth thing is in his final hours of his tenure. we will have a live report coming up in the next half hour. >> our top story, a city is still in mourning. police officers and santabe back on the job this morning one day after taking time off to mourn the loss of two fellow officers. the officers were shot and killed while investigating a convicted sex offender on tuesday. kron 4 will tran is live at the santa cruz police department. >> i will show you the lobby and a sign was just posted this stated that the public cannot go inside due to the lobby being closed. they are waiting for these officers to come to work. they have never had a police officer killed in a line of duty. as far as the memorial, it continues to grow. people have stopped by eager to read the signs, the messages, or to drop off flowers. both of officers leave behind children. there are a lot of condolences that are going on. there are a lot of words that are being said and it is very emotional. >> we're having a little bit a problem
the vatican. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. today we finally saw the man who is causing all the commotion here. in two public appearances, pope benedict looked every one of his 85 years, but his voice and his resolve are strong. ♪ pope benedict led a packed st. peter's basilica in a moving ash wednesday mass. reminding the faithful, they are made from dust and to dust they shall return. a message of humility, answered by an unusual demonstration of affection. a spontaneous, prolonged standing ovation for the retiring pontiff, at his final public mass. a sea of cell phones capturing the exit of a man praised today as a simple and humble worker. >> i have tears in my eyes. it's just so amazing to be here. >> reporter: the pope's weekly audience turned into a pep rally of sorts for the pontiff. an audience these tourists from dallas will not forget. >> i think it's a very big part of history. and we're very proud to be a little part of it. >> reporter: when benedict's papacy ends, the vatican says he will remove his ring, the symbol of his authority, and it will be destro
we begin tonight with nbc's anne thompson at the vatican. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. with just three days left in his papacy, the vatican wanted the spotlight to be on pope benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and edinborough. >> quite upsetting. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize
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. >> reporter: the 85-year-old announced his decision during a meeting of the vatican cardinals. he said it in latin and it was definitely unexpected. his last day will be february 28th. right now we are standing in front of st. mary's cathedral. we are hoping to get comment from them a little bit letter this morning. even given his old age and ailing help, you normally don't see popes step down. the last time it happened was nearly 600 years when pope gregory xii resigned. he did so to end the civil war within the church. pope benedict emphasized that carrying out the duties of being pope the leader of more than a billion roman catholics requires strength which he simply doesn't have anymore. after having repeatedly examed my conscious before god, i have come to the certainty that my strength due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise. pope benedict the 265th pope was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into the hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but was desserted. he led the church since 2005 through a time that has seen him criticize
is not up to all the duties of being the head of a family. >> the vatican stressing there's no specific medical condition that led to the resignation but the pope's advancing age. he has cut up to on his travel and moves down the aisle on a moving platform, sometimes using a cane. when he was elected nearly eight years after, benedict became the oldest pope chosen in 300 years. we have live coverage from rome. reporter: greg, this was a shock because it simply is not done. it's something that can be don't and pope benedict xvi had alluded to some friends he might resign at some point if he felt he couldn't happen the job. -- couldn't handle the job. as you mentioned, this was something that didn't happen on twitter, and the 85-year-old pontiff has begun tweeting which was a joy for many people because he is renowned for his intellect. but the announcement was made today. some catholics have said they're actually feeling let down. others have said they believe that he has wonderful courage to do what he felt was the right thing to do because the position requires not only so much physica
to the vatican bureaucracy today, benedict thanked church officials for helping him bear what he called the weight of the papacy. just how heavy the weight is has been highlighted over the past the week. ju the italian media has been pa riddled with eyebrow-raising stories of alleged scandals,n r including the existence of a gay ey lobby of homosexual priestsst within the church hierarchy. that may be an exaggeration, but a vatican official was fired because of a homosexual liaisonas in 2007 and another in 2010. the latest stories to offend then vatican are centered on an investigation by three cardinals. into the so-called vati-leaks b scandal that resulted in the conviction of the pope's butler for stealing documents. va today, the vatican issued ahe blast: the main concern seems to be the effect the news could have on con the cardinals when they enter the conclave to choose the next pope.wer scotland's cardinal keith o'brian summed it up this way: >> knowing the person we might choose will be assuming increasingly heavy responsibility, not just for the roman catholic church but for t
would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications gear, to medical supplies to body armor to armored vehicles. even if it's just communications gear o
to breaking news coming to us out of the vatican this morning. right to john berman with that. >> thanks, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignati
." it's saturday, february 23. good morning, i'm victor blackwell in for randi kaye. the vatican may be facing a new scandal. explosive allegations involving sex, bribes, and fierce infighting. >>> new england, ah, new england, bracing for more severe weather. we'll tell you what's brewing in northeast this weekend. >>> and danica patrick is gearing up for the daytona 500 and hoping to drive right into the history books. we'll have all that and more this hour. >>> oscar pistorius will be back in court on june 4. this weekend, the olympic hero is staying at his uncle's house. he was released on a $112,000 bail. of course, there are conditions. pistorius cannot return to his house and must report every monday and friday to a police station. he must avoid witnesses. he must surrender his passport and cannot go near an airport. and he must not drink alcohol. nick robertson is live in johannesburg, south africa, for us. what is the reaction of the people in south africa? this man was a hero. are they happy or disappointed that he was released on bail? >> reporter: he was a hero for them.
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more details. >>> the vatican is denying a news story. one that could not come at a worse time for the catholic church. only days before cardinals begin the process of electing a new pope, an italian newspaper claims to be exposing a secret network of gay priests. and it suggests the bombshell report may have led to pope benedict's decision to quit. senior international correspondent ben wedeman joins me from rome. ben, the vatican is suggesting that this is an attempt to influence cardinals who will choose the next pope. first, where did this story come from? >> reporter: this is from a newspaper that is claiming that on december 17 a commission of three cardinals who had been charged by the pope with investigating wrong did doing within the vatican submitted to the pope a 300-page red bound report on what, as you said, appears to be a network of gay priests being -- very windy here today -- being blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes in rome. now the vatican has come out very strongly saying that these reports are unverified, unverifiable, or completely false. now the
for the ages begins, george. we'll be right back with you in the vatican. >>> robin off today. great to have elizabeth vargas here. we want to also show you this. it's a video of a great white shark, spotted off the coast of new zealand. tragically spotted just before a deadly attack. we'll have that story just ahead. >>> also, a huge multimillion-dollar lawsuit against one of the biggest companies in america. bud wuzer, under fire, right now, for allegedly watering down its beer. >>> but first, we're going to get back to gorgeous st. peter's square this morning. it's a beautiful day at the vatican. and george is right there for it all. >> it certainly is. the sun shining out here right now. i'm here with our colleague, david wright. david, i flew over with cardinal dolan of new york. a lot of talk about the possibility that he might be chosen as the next pope. he laughed that off. but the cardinals are going to start to meet next week. today, though, the day for pope benedict. >> that's right. his moment to say good-bye, really. this was the last time we will see him in the flesh, here at t
. noon on the west coast, 9 p.m. here in rome. ash wednesday drawing to a close. the vatican behind me. that's st. peter's basilica you see over my shoulder where pope benedict xvi celebrated what is likely his last public mass as leader of the six billion catholics around the world. today also the first time we've seen his holiness since he announced he's too tired to continue his role as pope. earlier he told a cheering and tearful crowd that he is stepping down for the good of the church. now the vatican is giving us a better idea of exactly how that transition will work. we've also learned when the cardinals will meet to elect the next pope. much more on that later in this hour live from rome. but first, we have new signs that the rogue excop suspected in several murders died after yesterday's dramatic shootout in the mountains of big bear lake in california. a source is telling the associated press that a charred body plus a wallet and other personal items turned up inside that burned out cabin at the center of the standoff including a driver's license bearing the name christopher
the pontiff gave his last sunday blessing from the vatican. the pope delivered his final message from his apartment window to an estimated 100,000 people in st. peters square. he told the crowd he will take up a life of prayer and meditation to, quote, continue serving the church. benedict announced earlier this month that he will retire on february 28 due to failing health. that final blessing comes amid a sharp rebuke from the vatican over italian news reports alleging the pontiff is retiring over a gay sex scandal and the continuing child sex abuse process. one bay area monsignor even spoke about it during mass this morning. >> reporter: parishioners filled the cathedral for mass. lent was on the minds of many. but so was the departure of pope benedict xvi. >> i felt we really needed to be in church today and pray for the best solution for our leaders and for the pope. >> reporter: benedict cited failing health as his reason for stepping down, the first time in six centuries a pope has done so. but two major italian newspapers claim that the pontiff wanted to distance himself from an a
chamberlain. it's the vatican city of state. also been at the center of controversies in the past as his role always accused of overpowering the one of pope benedict xvi as the name was mentioned several times in the papers leaked to the italian media. well, after that, of course, a conclave will have to be called. election of the new pope. hopefully in a few weeks. that should take place sometimes from next week onwards and before the 15th of march. in order to have a new pope in place before palm sunday on march 24th. chris? >> thank you very much, claudio. and so, we are now 2:27 past 2:00 here on the east coast. past 8:00 there at castel gandolfo 15 miles outside of rome and the extraordinarily historic moment. behind those walls, behind those gaets now, pope emeritus, the former joseph ratzinger and we have the seat is vacant. the seat of peter is now vacant. father bartuni krc, your feelin? >> the feelings i've had all day. i'm feeming more. bitt bittersweet. nice to see how the decision of the pope is taken by the catholic faithful throughout the world. following what he believes to be
snowfall of our own. >>> i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, who can be in line to follow pope benedict as head of the catholic church? >>> more breaking news out of california where police are involved in a shootout with the exl.a.p.d. officer wanted for a series of revenge killings. authorities say christopher dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the big bear california mountains. two officers have been hurt. this, of course, is a case that has shaken that entire community and a case the entire nation is watching. we're going to continue to follow it and bring you updates throughout the show. >>> pope benedict xvi will do mass. >> danielle nottingham has more from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity. >> it will be good to have a black pope. we hope to have a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they are good with welcoming people into the church. >> cardinal peter turkson could be the first black park. the to
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